Education

The PBM team are delighted to have been announced finalists for the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Patient Safety Awards 2021

Blood Assist - our blood administration patient safety app is nominated in the Patient Safety Innovation of the Year category. Final judging will take place in July with winners announced at the awards ceremony in September.

We would like to thank everyone involved in the long and complex process to develop this resource and we look forward to sharing more news in September. 

Blood Assist: blood component administration 

   

This smartphone and web-based application summarises the key guidelines and recommendations for the safe administration of blood components. It is designed for use, at the bedside, at the time of transfusion. 

It is available for NHS Trusts and individuals and is free to download:

- Google play and iTunes stores, search NHS Blood Assist
- As a web-based application www.bloodassist.co.uk

Please tell us what you think of the app, we'd appreciate your feedback.

Please use our poster and video to help promote our app to your colleagues.

Ordering these resources

Please use the distribution hub (from 21 June 2021 current users will need to re-register on our new hub).

Guidance

For new Transfusion Practitioners 

 A drop of knowledge (please download, not available to order from the distribution hub)

For experienced Transfusion Practitioners

A wealth of knowledge (please download, not available to order from the distribution hub)

Please note: both sets of guidance are under review and we would appreciate your feedback, please email your comments to nhsbt.customerservice@nhsbt.nhs.uk

Transfusing safely: procedures and essential checks 

Blood components administration a quick reference guide

Blood transfusion bedside checklist lanyard 

Do we know who you are? poster for patients

Do we know who you are? screensaver for patients

Do you know who they are? poster for staff

Do you know who they are? screensaver for staff 

NBTC indication codes for transfusion bookmark

NBTC indication codes for transfusion poster  

Pre-administration, blood component transfusion checking video on YouTube and e-LfH

Taking a blood sample for pre-transfusion compatibility testing poster 

The pre-transfusion blood sampling process video on YouTube and e-LfH

The strange case of Penny Allison video on YouTube 

eLearning - anaemia & maternal anaemia

We offer a 3 part package providing a straightforward introduction to anaemia and tailored modules for primary and secondary care, available certified and non-certified. A 2 part package providing an introduction to maternal anaemia and appropriate management (certified and non-certified) is also available. 

Go to the eLearning courses  

Transfusion Associated Circulatory Overload (TACO)

TACO matters flyer 

TACO matters poster (please download, not available to order from the distribution hub)

TACO matters screensaver (please download, not available to order from the distribution hub)

Non medical authorisation of blood components

Clinical course

Non medical authorisation of blood components

The course costs £400 and is for senior nurses and midwives who are working towards making the clinical decision and providing the written instruction for blood component transfusion. 

Position statement 

Resources  

Framework to support nurses and midwives making the clinical decision and written instruction for blood components report (please download, not available to order from the distribution hub)

Policies and competency documents shared by regional transfusion committees:

East Midlands 

North East   

Yorkshire & the Humber  

Hospice

This poster (please download, not available to order from the distribution hub) has been adapted and tailored to the specific requirements of hospice patients requiring transfusion. Produced in response to the National Comparative Audit of red blood cell transfusion in hospices 2016 and in collaboration with the staff from St Gemma’s Hospice, Leeds.

Paediatric and neonatal

Laboratory best transfusion practice for neonates, infants and children bookmark

Transfusion of blood components for infants and children bookmark

Transfusion of blood components for neonates bookmark 

Specific requirements

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) negative blood components: information for healthcare professionals factsheet (PDF 324KB)

Irradiated blood components poster (please download, not available to order from the distribution hub)

Irradiated blood components screensaver (please download, not available to order from the distribution hub)

Irradiated blood factsheet - we are reviewing this resource following the publication of the updated BSH guidelines  

Irradiation indicator labels web page 

Our other resources include:

Cryoprecipitate: information for healthcare professionals factsheet (please download, not available to order from the distribution hub)

Fresh frozen plasma: information for healthcare professionals factsheet (please download, not available to order from the distribution hub)

Framework for the provision of blood transfusion out of the acute hospital setting (please download, not available to order from the distribution hub) 

Is my blood transfusion necessary? poster 

PBM toolkit - advice on implementing Patient Blood Management strategies in clinical practice

Apps

Blood Assist: blood component administration 

   

This smartphone and web-based application summarises the key guidelines and recommendations for the safe administration of blood components. It is designed for use, at the bedside, at the time of transfusion. 

It is available for NHS Trusts and individuals and is free to download:

- Google play and iTunes stores, search NHS Blood Assist
- As a web-based application www.bloodassist.co.uk

Please tell us what you think of the app, we'd appreciate your feedback.

Please use our poster and video to help promote our app to your colleagues.

Blood components: indication codes

The content of this app is under review following the publication of updated guidance; please refer to the latest NBTC indication codes and the addendum to the BSH guidelines for Transfusion for Fetuses, Neonates and Older Children.

It is available for NHS Trusts and individuals and is free to download:

- Google play and iTunes stores, search NHS Blood Components

Please use our poster to help promote our app in your clinical area.

Videos

BSH administration of blood components on YouTube

Having a blood transfusion on YouTube

Pre-administration blood component transfusion checking on YouTube  and e-LfH

Pre-transfusion blood sampling process on YouTube and e-LfH

The strange case of Penny Allison on YouTube

Websites

Learnbloodtransfusion, available via:

learnPro 

e-LfH 

my-esr  

Your hospital transfusion practitioner can advise which is applicable to your organisation.

Serious Hazards of Transfusion

Thromboelastography / Thromboelastometry (TE) toolkit 

UK Cell Salvage Action Group